Ottawa Parliament Proposal: Helen + Yale

Ottawa-Proposal-Session-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-Parliament-Hill-engagementAfter he has proposed, and after she had said yes, Helen + Yale joined me for an absolutely delightful engagement session. One of the first stops was actually behind the Parliament buildings, overlooking the city. And as I stood there I could pretty much see the spot further up the river where Dave had proposed to me not so long ago. I realized that I had just captured their proposal in such close proximity to where my own had taken place, and that made this special day even more memorable.

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Ottawa Family Session: Christina, Marc + Emmett

Ottawa-Family-Photographer-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-indoor-session-baby-guitar-musicI head into most of my session with a couple poses or shots in mind, just in case my brain decides to go blank on me in the middle of things. Most of the time I capture those just so they are checked off, but the best shots tend to come from the inspiration I get from my clients. Christina, Marc + Emmett’s family session wasn’t really any different. I had a few backup shots going into things, but their fantastic personalities and Emmett’s absolute adorableness really did the rest in terms of inspiration (and of course, the fantastic light in their home really helped a ton too!).

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Ottawa Family Session: Christina, Marc + Emmett, Sneak Peek

Ottawa Family Photographer Stephanie Beach PhotographyI have zero musical skills – seriously none. Dave (who has lots of skill when it comes to music, as anyone who has been lucky enough to hear him play will tell you) taught me half of a whimsical duo one time and every so often I remember a portion of it (you may know it by the fact that you play the portion I know with your knuckles), but other than that I cannot play anything resembling a song or really anything even remotely pleasant to the ear. And perhaps it is because I cannot play that I find it so amazing when I meet those who can and get to watch and listen to them play.

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Portait Session: Jessica

I mentioned earlier that I did a portrait session with Jessica over Christmas. She wanted to get some musical shots, guitar and piano. She was looked for some shots of her playing, some of her writing some chords/music and some closeup shots of the instruments themselves, etc.

I am pretty happy with how the shots came out.

To view all the photos from this session, please visit our Flickr set here.